The Preliminary Exam serves as a tool for helping students prepare for the thesis proposal and qualifying examination. The exam evaluates the student's ability to read, interpret, and critique the scientific literature most important to the student's specific area of research. The format of the exam requires the student to work closely with their advisor and other faculty to first develop a reading list and then propose and answer in writing a series of questions based on the readings.
To be completed by June 1st prior to the start of the 3rd year.
Qualifying Exam: Thesis Proposal
The Qualifying Exam consists of 3 parts:
- A written thesis proposal prepared in the form of a National Institutes of Health predoctoral fellowship
- An oral presentation to the Neuroscience community
- A closed oral examination
To be completed by October 1st of the fall semester of the 3rdyear.
For more information and details on how to apply please visit the Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.